The BSE benchmark Sensex declined by over 33 points in early trade today as investors preferred to book profits ahead of the RBI's mid-quarter monetary policy review tomorrow.
Besides, a mixed trend on Asian bourses also dampened the trading sentiments here. The 30-share barometer, which gained 87.99 points in the previous session, fell by 33.22 points, or 0.17 per cent, to 19,284.03.
Stocks of consumer durables, capital goods and FMCG sectors fell due to profit-booking.
Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty shed 19.40 points, or 0.32 per cent, to 5,860.20.
Brokers said besides profit-booking by speculators after gains on Friday, a cautious approach ahead of the Reserve Bank of India's mid-quarter monetary policy review tomorrow and a mixed trend on the Asian bourses influenced the trading sentiments. In the Asian region, Japan's Nikkei Index gained 1.62 per cent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index down 0.25 per cent in early trade. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.27 per cent down on Friday on uncertainty over the fiscal cliff.
GLOBAL MARKETS ROUND UP
Nifty futures on the Singapore Exchange fell 0.27 percent. The MSCI-Asia Pacific index excluding Japan was down 0.3 percent.
U.S. stocks fell on Friday as another slide in Apple took a toll and investors unloaded some shares because of the uncertainty surrounding the "fiscal cliff" negotiations.
The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan's electoral triumph propelled the yen to a 20- month low against the dollar and saw the Nikkei stock average touch a 8-1/2-month high on expectations of much better export earnings.
FACTORS TO WATCH
Raghuram Rajan, chief economic adviser at India's ministry of finance, to address conference on the economy of South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
INDIAN STOCKS TO WATCH
India will speed up the sale of stakes in state companies to revive the stock market and will push ahead with reforms aimed at spurring an investment recovery in the flagging economy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday.
The oil ministry may raise prices of diesel by 1 rupee a litre or that of cooking gas by 100 rupees to neutralise the impact of its plan to increase the supply of subsidised cylinders to households, said government officials who requested anonymity.
Oil companies have been told by the finance ministry to coordinate with the Reserve Bank of India before stepping out to buy